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Which of these ‘unusual suspects’ are you not recycling yet?

by Gemma Melling

Whether you are already a committed recycler, or are still unsure about which items go in which bin, there are more household goods that can be recycled than you may realise.

Throughout our homes there are a number of ‘unusual suspects’ – those things that can be recycled but are often thrown in with the general waste at home.

Here in Knowsley, we recycle around 37% of our household waste, but we could boost that figure even further by remembering some of these common household items which can also go into our grey bins.

They include:

  • bleach bottles
  • shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • toothpaste boxes
  • toilet roll holders
  • pet food cans
  • tissue boxes
  • glass perfume bottles
  • cooking sauce food jars
  • any cardboard packaging

As well as saving on expensive landfill costs, there are lots of environmental benefits to recycling.

Did you know:

  • Recycling one hand soap dispenser every month for a year saves enough energy to bake a birthday cake and a Christmas cake
  • Recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy to power a streetlight for six and a half hours
  • Recycling one shower gel bottle saves enough energy to toast nearly three rounds of bread

For more information about recycling in Knowsley visit the council website.

You can also check out this handy video, which explains how to use your wheelie bins to recycle in Knowsley.

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